The Difficult Second Album

Proved not to be so difficult after all. We have got used to only getting together every couple of months, at best, and we took to Covid lockdown rather well. Lots of emailing bits of music back and forth until we found arrangements we were happy with. Issuing a second album less than two years after the first may not sound like a massive achievement to you but it does to us!

Released on 3 October, it’s entitled Scent of the Moon. A measly £10 UK, including postage. Just go to the Contact page and send a message. You will hear back from us within 24 hours. You can pay by PayPal, cheque (retro), cash (super-retro) or bank transfer.

Bernard Hanaway’s collage artwork for Scent of the Moon

Feedback from listeners

“Love the use of minor chords, and what a voice she has! Might be fanciful but in places I detect sounds of times past, and love it. A genuine pleasure. Well done!”

“I am glad to see that the band continues on this beautiful romantic pattern! Excellent work! 

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Our own review notes

1. Keep You Near

This lively opener sings of exploration, the fear of losing one’s way, and those left behind. Themes to be developed in this Difficult Second Album. Catchier than Covid-19.

2. Our Wild Adventure

Bless my soul. Not a requiem, but an invitation to celebrate something. Copulation, perhaps? An atomic pas-de-deux, mon pied. And who are the lizards? This critic hasn’t a clue.

3. Move the Air

A military fly-past in 2/4, featuring an understated vocal from Flt. Lt. Smith over a massed band of guitars and synths. This could only be OftW. It got played on your actual BBC Radio.

4. Broadleaf Summer

Fairport and Pentangle are often name-checked as influences, but it’s not much like either. The Portuguese call it saudade: a sigh for what might have been – even if it couldn’t have been.

5. I Dream of Flight

Luscinia megarhynchos gives way to rhamphorhynchus. We flap, we hold our breath and we’re airborne. “Julie Andrews” is on a trip, and Bernard dusts off his instrument collection.

6. Ashby-de-la-Zouch

A rasping evocation of the English traffic jam featuring Hanaway on harp and Wight on slide. If only S&G had warbled about the A551 rather than the New Jersey Turnpike. All gone to look for Uttoxeter.

7. The Tower

Come on Elaine! Lady Joanna channels Tennyson in this Hymn to Fear and Self-Loathing. And all because of lurve. Burnham stars on fretless bass. And that’s Shallot. Grim.

8. These Same Stars

Kicks off with Planet Earth’s first space shanty and leaves no musical stone unturned. It’s Warp Factor 9 by the end. More guitars than you’ll see at an Eagles gig. Play fortissimo.

9. Time Enough to Tell

And that time is 15/8. Love at first sight: dramatic and very strange. Lead vocal and guitar solo by Bernard. Jo tickles the ivories and Chris shakes.

10. Friends

Jo takes on a ballad first recorded during that halcyon summer of 1979. It has since changed key and – surprise, surprise – got longer. Super-lush sounds culminate in a guitar solo. from Bern.

11. Scent of the Moon

But less, sometimes, really can be more. Close your eyes, chill out and sniff up.

Published by oftweditor

Plays the guitar a bit

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